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the children?

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10/30/2017:  Women's Spaces celebrates its 5th Anniversary returning to Radio KBBF for a weekly live 1-hour show at 11am, repeating at 11pm.

3/21/2017:  The mp3 audio player has been changed so the shows no longer autoplay on opening the webpages of shows archived in 2017 and forward, as well as on the home page.

7/13/2015:  The 11 AM Monday show on Radio KBBF FM-89.1 now repeats at 11 PM.
9/1/2012:  Radio KBBF FM-89.1 for North San Francisco Bay Area begins broadcasting a regular weekly Women's Spaces Show on Mondays at 11:00 AM Pacific Time. See our Radio page (its tab is on the menu bar above) for the links to archive pages of the live shows that have been broadcast. 


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EFT Tapping for Post Fire Trauma

Sustainable Wildfire Recovery

On Monday's show of 11/13/17 WSA171113  our first guest Margorie Favuzzi gives a short introduction to Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and the tapping used to relieve stress.  Margorie is donating a workshop session free for the public to learn EFT called: Tapping Out Trauma: Relief from the Firestorm, on Saturday 11/18/17 in Santa Rosa.

.Our second guest Laura Neish shares her story in becoming an activist to offer solutions for Climate Change to avoid its disastrous impacts.  Laura discusses the need to bring Climate Change solutions to the table in planning our City's and County's recovery in a sustainable manner from the Wildfire Disaster of October.  350.org and its regional and county chapters offer opportunities for citizens to find their niche in the struggle to better walkand work in balance with Nature.

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Elaine B. Holtz, host of Women's Spaces, and Ken Norton, sound engineer, in the new studio at Radio KBBF

Elaine B. Holtz, Host of Women's Spaces, and Ken Norton, Sound Engineer, in the new studio in Santa Rosa, CA at Radio KBBF 89.1 FM - Photo by Francisco Lozano, KBBF-fm.org Webmaster

Women's Spaces Radio Show is live every Monday at 11 AM PST and repeats at 11 PM on KBBF 89.1 FM broadcasting over the North San Francisco Bay area from its San Rosa, California studio.  Check out the Radio Archives for the shows to listen online at your convenience on this website.  Click the Blog tab for sequential uploading of the shows as well as comments on each show.

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On Monday's show of 11/6/17 WSA171106  our first guest City Councilmember Julie Combs announces  the Migrant Education Family Fund that she set up to address the needs of migrant families after the recent Wildfire Disaster that destroyed residences and places of employment. Elaine shares the news of a surpise donation to the Migrant Education Family Fund of $500 raised on hearing of the Wild Fire Disaster in a bake sale by the Laytonville Elementary School pupils of her granddaughter-in-law Amber Jensen on her first year teaching assignment,


Our next guests. Mary Moore and Karen Saari talk about growing into their advocacy for review and oversight with supoena power of community law enforcement in Sonoma County. In the late 1990s, there was a spate of police in Sonoma County. Their advocating culminated in 2000 in a report by the California Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights on Community Concerns about Law Enforcement in Sonoma County that was submitted to the County Board of Supervisors and the city councils in the county. The report was basically shelved.  The report saw the light of day again, however, after the Sonoma County Sheriff deputy shooting and killing of a 13-year old Andy Lopez carrying a toy gun in Santa Rosa, and a citizens' Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez (JCAL) raised their voices in protest of local policies concenrning the police and community interaction.  The report is discussed and links to the report will be posted. 

On Monday's show of 10/30/17 WSA171030 we celebrate our 5th Anniversary on returning to Radio KBBF. The show's host Elaine B. Holtz interviews our first guest Phyllis Meshulam, who talks about her journey into poetry, beginning with parental influences. She shares a reading from the her new book Land of My Father’s War based on her father's letters during World War II from Italy.  Phyllis announces a Poetry Reading called Rising from the Ashes, where you can meet her, on the Wildfire Disaster on Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts at 1pm.
Our second guest Rev. Mary Murray Shelton shares her experience with the Santa Rosa Wildfire Disaster and gives us hints on coping spiritually and emotionally with the post disaster trauma.  Rev. Mary announces her new weekly gatherings for inner recovery called After the Fire on Monday evenings 6-8 pm at the Share Exchange Conference Room at 535 5th St in  Santa Rosa. The meetings will be for the purpose of mutual support, comfort, telling our stories with respectful witnessing of others in our group, exploration and exercises for grief, safety, releasing, regaining balance and peace of mind.


On Monday's show of 10/23/17 WSA171023 Elaine B. Holtz interviews our first guest Robin McKenzie, Senior Vice President, who  shares how Redwood Credit Union (RCU) was affected by the Wildfire Disaster that destroyed businesses, homes and trailer parks within blocks.  30 RCU emloyees lost homes in the Wild Fire and RCU set up Day Care faicilities for them and offered other help to their employees, especially since the schools were closed.  Robin also shares the care provided for Members of RCU and the greatly successful North Bay Fire Relief Fund that has raised over $11 Million so far.
Our second guest Misti Harris, Community Engagement Liaison, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, talks about the Sheriff's Office response to the Wild Fire Disaster.  29 Sheriff Officers lost their homes in the fire and still reported for duty in the community emergency. Misti shares some Emergency links for those affected by the fire. 
Our third guest Samantha Kadar, Retired Professor of Geography, talks about the North Bay Science Discovery Day happening at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on October 28th and shares how she becaume interested in science by first asking how weather was related to location. Her quest led her to studies in meterology at the Santa Rosa Junior College and to eventually teaching Geography as a Professor.


On Monday's show of 10/16/17 WSA171016 Elaine B. Holtz interviews our guests Nancy Rogers and Shirley Slack who recount their emergency responses in the first night of the Wild Fire Disaster that desroyed whole neighborhoods in the city of Santa Rosa  and large rural areas in the county in a matter of hours whipped by near hurricane level winds carrying smoke, ash and ambers.  Nancy and Elaine live across each other as neighbors in a Northwest Santa Rosa, 2 1/2 miles south from the Coffey Park neighborhood razed by the Tubbs Fire.They recount how they learn of the fire, and attempts to ascertain their safety and gather emergency items like flashlights, candles and radios that are battery powered.  The normal electricity powered lives would be discontinued for 5 days or longer in some neighborhoods, along with down cell phone towers for hampered internet connections.  Shirley Slack, Nancy's cousin, recounts how she was able to evacuate guests at the Sandman Hotel by the freeway, during the fire threat in that area of town east of our neighborhood by a couple of miles.  Of course, they all report on how they made these decisions and how next time they would be better prepared.
Dr. Ed Bauman, Founder/Director of Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition + Culinary Arts, talks about some of the dangers to our health because of this Wild Fire that destroyed homes, business buildings, crops and forests. He shares with us some nutritional tips to help our liver and lungs, including his recipe for a tasty tonic beverage to protect the mucous membranes, lungs and nerves from toxic smoke we inhaled during the week of wild fires The Blended Respiratory Remedy recipe is on the show's archive page.


On Monday's show of 10/9/17 WSA171009 we report on the Wild Fire Disaster that began in the night and razed neighborhoods in the city of Santa Rosa and ravaged Northern California counties. We also carry on with our planned discussion with Caroline Bañuelos, also Santa Rosa resident, who has been an advocate for District Elections in Santa Rosa since 2004.  The City Council put the issue before the voters as Measure Q in 2012 but it failed.  Now the City is being threatened with a lawsuit and has voted in August to go forward with District Elections beginning with a first. At the first of a series of public meetings on Oct 2 the plan on how to get there was discussed. Caroline and Elaine were there and report on the progress.  Soon district map proposals will be submitted, and how the citizens can participate in meetings and online is discussed. It will be interesting to see how the trauma of this fire will influence the maps.


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Andy Lopez 2000-2013 We have been discussing in the following listed shows since October 2013 about the killing of  13-year old Andy Lopez in a southwest neighborhood of Santa Rosa by a Sheriff Deputy and the community response.   Note: WSA are radio shows and WS are TV shows.
 WSA131028  WS131101 WSA131104  WSA131125  WSA131216 
WSA131223  WSA131230   WSA140106  WS140110   WSA140210  WSA140421
WS140314  WS140509  WSA140630  WSA140714
WSA140721  WSA140728  WSA140811  WSA140908  WSA141110  WSA141201  WSA141208  WSA150921 WSA151005  WSA151019  WSA151123  WSA170123 WSA170403 WSA170410 WSA170501 WSA170605 WSA170911 WSA171106

Elaine B Holtz interviewing Julie Combs with Ken Norton at the soundboard in Radio KBBF's new studio

Elaine B. Holtz, Host of Women's Spaces, intterviewing Julie Combs with Ken Norton at the soundboard in the new studio in Santa Rosa, CA at Radio KBBF 89.1 FM - Photo by Francisco Lozano, KBBF-fm.org Webmaster




Herstory!  The National Organization for Women marked its 50th Anniversary in 2016 and the Sonoma County Chapter of NOW celebrated the Golden Anniversary on October 22, 2016. The Video of the event by Evelina Molina is up on YouTube at https://youtu.be/qfvPckt_ySc and featured here for awhile:

More Herstory!  On April 20, 2016 the US Treasury announced that the picture of the first woman to grace the $20 bill will be that of Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist who founded the Underground Railroad to free slaves.


Women's Spaces TV Show

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Participant Report on The People's Climate March

 in New York City 9/21/14

Kenna Lee & Elaine Booth

Kenna Lee & Elaine Booth on Women's Spaces

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filmed 10/23/2014    

Show ID:  WSS141023


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Women's Spaces' Videos of Some Past TV Shows

Journaling to Tranform Your Self-Esteem

Journaling: A Workshop to Transform Your Self-Esteem by Dianna L. Grayer


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Discussion with the author Dianna L. Grayer, Ph.D.

Dianna L. Grayer on Women's Spaces TV Show

filmed 11/21/14


Show ID: WS141121


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Women in Business - Challenges and Inspirations

Debbie Meagher and Vichhi Olenski

Debbie Meagher and Vicchi Oleski

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filmed 8/24/2014    

Show ID:  WSS140824



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 Turning Fear Into Power: One Woman's Journey Confronting the War on Terror

Turning Fear Into Power: One Woman's Journey Confronting the War on Terror by Linda Sartor

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Discussion with the author Linda Sartor

filmed 8/1/2014    

Show ID:  WSS140801



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